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Seeds of Change 4-H Club Storm Drain Stenciling – A Community Service Project

Seeds of Change 4-H Club Storm Drain Stenciling - Cambridge, MD

The Seeds of Change 4-H Club received a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust (see their website at: CBTrust.org)  to stencil storm drains in Cambridge neighborhoods.  Storm drain stencils help remind everyone to keep drains free of trash and chemicals draining from lawns and cars.  Litter and polluted water washing into our storm drains goes directly to the Choptank River which drains into the Chesapeake Bay. 

This community service project, organized by the Seeds of Change 4-H Club, drew youth and adult volunteers from all over Dorchester Count from organizations such as Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Choose Cambridge, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts.  Fifteen youth and seven adults took on four locations in Cambridge to paint awareness stencils on storm drains.  Homeowners came out and were invited to participate.  Anyone who enjoys Bay recreation or likes crabs, oysters, shrimp, and fish will agree we all need to help “Save the Chesapeake Bay!” 

A second stenciling date was set but had to be cancelled due to weather complications.  The Club plans to pick up this project again in Spring 2015 and invite neighborhood communities to come out and join the fun of decorating storm drains for a good cause, Clean Water and a Clean Chesapeake Bay.

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